Friday 19 January 2018 / 12:59 PM

Hewitt exits Aus Open in gallant style

After 20 years and 878 matches, one of world tennis’ modern greats and most tenacious competitors has hung up the racket.

Champion stalwart Lleyton Hewitt made a typically gallant and emotional exit from the second round of the Australian Open in front of his home fans, going down to 8th-seed David Ferrer 6-2 6-4 6-4 in front of a star-studded crowd that had come out to pay tribute to the retiring Aussie legend.

Hewitt’s storied career includes a US Open Championship in 2001 and Wimbledon glory in 2002, but ironically, he generally came up short at his home major. He competed at every Australian Open from 1997-2016, but only once made it past the fourth round – in 2005, when he went down to Marat Safin in a four-set final.

He also finished runner-up at the 2004 US Open and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in ’05.

Hewitt staged many great rivalries during his career, and remains one of the most respected players in tennis among past greats and his contemporaries alike.

[YouTube – Australian Open TV]

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